“Saria’s Song” has been and always will be one of my favorite Zelda songs. It’s perky, upbeat nature and bouncing bass is always a pleasure to hear, and I always tear up a bit when I see it return to new games — even non-Zelda games, such as Super Smash Bros. Melee and Nintendo Land!
The Symphony of the Goddesses tour has been going on for a while, and I saw them early on in their tour shortly after Skyward Sword had come out. In their performance, they had composed an Ocarina of Time medley, and I remember holding my hands together, hoping that they would include my two favorites — “Zelda’s Lullaby” and, of course, “Saria’s Song”. They did, and I was enthralled by the sophistication of each part!
Years later, I found out in their more recent tours they have included new pieces, including orchestrations for both pieces. I would love to write on their “Zelda’s Lullaby” piece another time, but I first had to introduce you to their brilliant rendition of “Saria’s Song”.
I love how it starts out small and simple with just a few select woodwinds. Then the choir comes in slowly, reminiscing Malon’s singing in the Ocarina of Time credits. All of a sudden, BOOM! The grand choir is enhanced by magnificent brass and percussion! With strings added into the mix, it is a gorgeous array of instruments to take on this joyous tune. The way the song transitions into a monumental march is brilliant and triumphant! It makes me imagine the Kokiri banding together with Link to keep intruders from their home, charging towards their foes, in a rather child-like fashion, of course.
It’s rumored that the Symphony of the Goddesses will soon be nearing an end, so I highly recommend seeing it in person if you haven’t already. It is filled with gorgeous music just like this, and is truly an experience to treasure. I hope that they do continue their tour and that we hear orchestrations like this of more of our favorite Zelda songs!